LA Clippers to sign free agent center Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Joakim Noah (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the LA Clippers have signed free agent Joakim Noah to fill out the final spot on their roster.

The LA Clippers finally have a complete roster. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the team has signed free-agent center Joakim Noah.

This signing was a long time coming. Noah has been linked to the team since the summer but talk quieted down after it was revealed that he was recovering from a torn Achilles. In the last week though, it was reported by Woj the team had again begun conversations with him.

Since he was not previously signed this season, Noah is still playoff eligible.

The contract will start as just a 10-day contract, assumingly to see how his recovery has gone and to see what value he can still provide. This is the smart move as the team can offer him a second 10-day once this expires and then decide whether or not to sign him for the remainder of the year.

Noah has not played in the NBA this season but did have a successful year with Memphis in 2018-19. He averaged 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 0.7 blocks in 16.5 minutes per game.

With the Clippers, his role will be very limited. Both Ivica Zubac and Montrezl Harrell have been exceptional this season and Noah would likely see very few minutes. Still, as the 13th to 15th man on the team, Noah is a perfect signing.

The team only had the two true centers on the roster and if either was injured or got into foul trouble, the Clippers would be left running JaMychal Green or Marcus Morris at the five for more time then they are comfortable with. When facing larger teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers or Denver Nuggets, having extra size is key.

Noah’s personality also fits in with the tough mindset the team is building. The idea of him, Patrick Beverley and Marcus Morris sharing the court has to have opponents worried about saying or doing the wrong thing.

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